Lockdown wanderings: Tracks and Traces #2.

The weather recently has not been conducive to getting one’s permitted daily exercise.  It’s been very cold, pretty windy and pretty wet.  Despite that I thought that popping up to the Ridgeway a few miles from my house would be a good idea.

The Ridgeway is an ancient trackway on the Marlborough Downs and it has various lumps and bumps visible near it.  Sometimes they are ancient burial mounds, and sometimes, like this one, they are just reservoirs.

It’s a grab shot.  I saw the person walking towards it, got out my TZ-100 compact and had time for one shot before they were not in a good place.  The B&W conversion makes it simpler and more timeless.  It rained hard soon after…

It had been raining on previous days and there were many puddles on the track.  It was so windy the puddles had ripples!  I dropped down and shot a detail of the ripples with my mobile.  I did a bit of post-processing to bump up the contrast.  It’s hard to tell the scale.  They could be big waves shot from a cliff.

It then started raining with a vengeance.  The wind made my brolly unusable, so I took shelter in a small copse.  There was a derelict building in the copse, and it would have been rude not to take a look inside.  I think it had been a pump house for a nearby reservoir.  Part of the roof was still present so it offered some extra shelter from the rain.  There was some graffiti on the wall and I was pleased to see that someone had provided an update to their relationship news.  That’s so rare to see.

A challenging day for exercise, but one with a few photographic surprises.

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